Yesterday, former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R), one of Mitt Romney's top surrogates, slipped into anti-Obama hysteria yesterday, telling the media, among other things, that the president should "learn how to be an American."
Since I did an item on this yesterday, it's only fair to note that hours later, Sununu had a chance to calm down, pull himself together, and walk back his attack. He told CNN's Wolf Blitzer:
"I did say those words that are there. And, frankly, I made a mistake. I shouldn't have used those words. And I apologize for using those words.... I'm apologizing for using those words. I shouldn't have used them."
That's the good news. It took a few hours, but Sununu managed to stop foaming at the mouth just long enough to acknowledge he was wrong. That was the right thing to do.
The bad news is, I caught the rest of the Sununu interview. When he wasn't apologizing for his "mistake," the Romney surrogate was arguing that Obama said "businesspeople of America shouldn't take credit for building their businesses" (that never happened); he accused Obama of corruption (with no proof); he said Obama "denigrates American values" (which is absurd); he said the president sees rich people as "evil" (ridiculous); and he argued there's "a feeling amongst entrepreneurs that he is not a capitalist" (cheap nonsense).
All of this from Sununu, who also said yesterday the Obama campaign is "clearly and unequivocally a bunch of liars."
I don't imagine Sununu wants my advice, but I'm inclined to offer him a few tips anyway. First, try decaf. Second, look up "decency" in a dictionary and ponder whether you expect anyone to actually respect you. And third, if you want to accuse rivals of being "liars," try to avoid going on national television soon after and lying uncontrollably.